Monday, November 24, 2014

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum is the oldest public museum in England, opening its doors in 1683. It has a wide variety of exhibits which was good for the attention spans of our children. Even so, we did not spend a lot of time there. Happily, entrance is free so we didn't feel pressured into seeing everything to the detriment of everyone's happiness.

Ashmolean Museum entrance

The museum has a lot of classical sculptures from Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Other countries are also represented.


A variety of statues

Venus with a restored head

L and J admire a sphinx

J is not sure about this one

Swedish runes

The museum has an extensive collection of paintings. If you've been reading this blog for long, you know I tend toward the medieval stuff, so here is a sampling.

Annunciation, attributed to Paolo di Dono (circa 1400)

Triptych by Fra Angelico and Studio (circa 1420s)

Meeting at the Golden Gate by Fra Filippo Lippi (1440s)

Meeting at the Golden Gate shows Joachim and Anna (parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary) meeting in Jerusalem.

St. Michael Subduing Satan and Weighing the Souls of the Dead, attributed to Lelio Orsi (1540s)

Truth Presenting a Mirror to the Vanities of the World, artist unknown (1620s)

Paintings and porcelain

A large collection of musical instruments are on display, including a Stradivarius.

Violin family

More exotic stringed instruments

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